STEPHANIE PANNY / PUBLISHED: APRIL 12, 2020
Two weeks ago, Anzalone Law Office began a movement to support both front line workers and local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic: #feedaheropledgenepa.
The office encouraged businesses around the area to buy food from the small businesses affected by closures and deliver it to workers who are helping patients and the community during these times.
One of the four businesses that have joined the movement — Assured Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania — plans to follow in Anzalone’s footsteps and donate food every day it can.
“We think that this whole movement of taking care of first responders is definitely important for use to do right now with the whole coronavirus pandemic happening,” said Derek Zambino, executive vice president. “They are asked to do so much for the community and we would like to support them through this time. What better way to do that then by supporting local businesses, local restaurants, that are also impacted by the pandemic?”
Zambino said AssuredPartners is primarily targeting medical professionals in hospitals, fire/rescue, EMT and police officers.
So far, the business has raised $4,000 in house to order food for donation and has given food to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, and plans to add the Lehigh Valley Health Network center in Hazleton to the list.
Zambino said the company is committed to doing this every day through the end of April. He added if the quarantine extends past that time, the company will raise more
money and keep donating.
“When clients need us to be there, we’re there for them in our daily lives,” Zambino said. “This pledge to feed a hero is just another way to show our support.”